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    beernuts beer and ale microbrewery

    The recent explosion of American microbreweries has shifted the beer industry's attention to quality, not quantity. And now  with Oktoberfest underway  is the perfect time to discover a new artisanal brew.

    We found the 24 coolest microbrewers making waves in the American craft beer industry, from a Latin American-style cervecería in Chicago to a sustainable brewery in Maui that uses local Hawaiian ingredients to make its brews.

    A brewery is considered a microbrewery if it produces less than 15,000 barrels per year, with 75% or more of its beer sold off-site, according to the Brewers Association.

    5 Rabbit Cervecería

    Located:Bedford Park, Ill.

    Located outside Chicago, the first Latin American-style microbrewery, or cervecería, in the country infuses its brews with ancho chili, piloncillo cane sugar, and other Latin flavors.

    5 Rabbit was inspired by an Aztec myth, and the names of the beers all coincide in some way with the Aztec calendar.

    The brewmasters believe in enjoying and savoring life, so every few weeks they publish a recipe on their website that would pair well with one of their beers.



    Alchemist Brewery

    Located:Waterbury, Vt.

    Alchemist sells just one beer: Heady Topper, which is found only in Vermont. They say they'd rather focus on doing one beer perfectly instead of doing many imperfectly.

    Heady Topper is a double IPA brewed with a proprietary blend of six hops that blend together make a great beer.



    Amplified Aleworks

    Located: San Diego, Calif.

    Amplified Aleworks isn't the only microbrewery in San Diego by a long shot, but it's one of the coolest.

    Operated out of the popular California Kebab and Beer Garden, their best deal is on Sundays when you can pay $20 for four Amplified beer samplings and some thick-cut hickory smoked bacon. It's pretty hard to go wrong with bacon and beer.



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  • 09/26/13--11:47: The Sexiest CEOs Alive!
  • Sophia Amoruso, Nasty Gal, hi-res

    There are some CEOs that can make running a company look ridiculously easy. 

    Then there are some who can do it with, well, a certain je ne sais quoi.

    We've scoured the world to find the sexiest Chief Executives on the planet.

    Sexiness, we will remind you, is a subjective measure — and it's not just about looks. It's also about success, power, ambition, charisma, altruism, fashion sense, and style. 

    For this ranking, we have also only included CEOs of companies with at least 100 employees. If you're looking for the Sexiest Startup CEOs, just check back in a while...

    #50 Julie Smolyansky

    Company: Lifeway Foods

    Age: 38

    As a kid, Smolyansky served as her parents' "guinea pig," tasting new flavors of their company's kefir yogurt. At 27, she became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm.

    In addition to running a major company, the certified dairy queen also runs marathons and a non-profit organization called Test 400k, which aims to resolve the backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits in the U.S. and end violence against women.



    #49 Stephan Winkelmann

    Company: Lamborghini

    Age: 48

    This Berlin-born exec is an expert in luxury. He studied political science in Rome, served as a paratrooper in the German army, and dresses like a model in his company's catalogue.

    Winkelmann jacked up production at Lamborghini when he took charge in 2005, with two-thirds of the brand's entire sales made in the last 10 years alone.



    #48 Bob Iger

    Company: Disney

    Age: 62

    Having been at the Mouse House since 1996, Iger drives creative and financial success at the world’s preeminent entertainment company. He's rolling in $40.2 million, as of the last fiscal year.

    The Ithaca College grad will focus on the integration of Lucasfilm and the development of Shanghai Disney Resort during the remainder of his tenure (his contract was just extended to summer 2016).



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  • 10/04/13--12:28: Meet The Sexiest CEOs Alive!
  • Sophia Amoruso, Nasty Gal, hi-res

    There are some CEOs that can make running a company look ridiculously easy. Then there are some who can do it with, well, a certain je ne sais quoi.

    We've found the sexiest Chief Executives on the planet.

    Click here to get to know them a bit better >

    Click here for our full list of the Sexiest CEOs Alive! >

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    Harvard Law School, Best Law Schools

    Given the absurdly high price tag on education and dim outlook on the legal job market, choosing the right law school makes all the difference.

    We asked more than 400 American legal professionals to select the 10 law schools that would best serve a legal career. Harvard Law School was the resounding top answer.

    Here's a more in-depth look at the 50 Best Law Schools In America > 

    Rank Law School Location Tuition Score
    1 Harvard University Cambridge, Mass. $53,308 4.56
    2 Yale University  New Haven, Conn. $54,650 4.55
    3 Columbia University  New York, N.Y. $57,838  3.78
    4 Stanford University  Palo Alto, Calif. $50,802  3.65 
    5 Georgetown University  Washington, D.C. $50,890  3.30 
    6 University of California — Berkeley  Berkeley, Calif. $48,058  3.06 
    7 Cornell University  Ithaca, N.Y. $55,301  2.78 
    8 New York University  New York, N.Y.  $48,950  2.67 
    9 Duke University  Durham, N.C.  $53,596 2.65 
    10 University of Chicago Chicago, Ill.  $53,406  2.64 
    11 University of Michigan — Ann Arbor  Ann Arbor, Mich.  $52,784 2.31 
    12 University of Pennsylvania  Philadelphia, Penn.  $54,992 2.18 
    13 Northwestern University  Evanston, Ill.  $55,064 2.05 
    14 University of Virginia Charlottesville, Va.  $52,900 2.00 
    15 University of Notre Dame  Notre Dame, Ind. $48,730 1.98
    16 University of California — Los Angeles  Los Angeles, Calif. $51,720 1.77
    17 George Washington University Washington, D.C. $49,840 1.71
    18 Vanderbilt University  Nashville, Tenn.  $48,156 1.68 
    19 Boston College  Newton, Mass.  $45,231 1.66
    20 University of Texas — Austin  Austin, Tex.  $49,244 1.48 
    21 University of California — Hastings San Francisco, Calif. $48,200 1.45 
    22 Boston University Boston, Mass. $45,786 1.42 
    23 American University (Washington) Washington, D.C.  $48,148 1.40
    24 Penn State University (Dickinson) University Park, Penn. $42,040 1.39 
    25 University of California — Davis  Davis, Calif.  $50,279 1.38 
    26 University of Southern California (Gould) Los Angeles, Calif. $55,023 1.37 
    27 College of William and Mary (Marshall-Wythe) Williamsburg, Va. $38,000 1.35 
    28 Washington University in St. Louis  St. Louis, Mo. $48,715  1.32 
    29 Pepperdine University Malibu, Calif. $46,740 1.31
    30 Tulane University  New Orleans, La. $47,080 1.30 
    31 Emory University Atlanta, Ga. $48,174 1.30 
    32 Baylor University Waco, Tex. $50,706 1.30 
    33 Fordham University New York, N.Y.  $50,996 1.30 
    34 University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, N.C. $38,846 1.29
    35 University of Wisconsin — Madison Madison, Wisc. $40,062 1.29 
    36 Yeshiva University (Cardozo)  New York, N.Y.  $51,778 1.26 
    37 Washington and Lee University Lexington, Va.  $43,570 1.25 
    38 University of Washington Seattle, Wash. $43,932 1.22 
    39 Loyola Marymount University (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles) Los Angeles, Calif. $45,980 1.22 
    40 University of Colorado — Boulder Boulder, Colo. $38,334 1.20 
    41 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, N.C. $41,364 1.20 
    42 University of Minnesota — Twin Cities  Minneapolis, Minn. $47,330 1.20 
    43 University of Illinois — Urbana-Champaign Champaign, Ill. $49,657 1.20 
    44 Brigham Young University (Clark) Provo, Utah $22,560 1.18 
    45 George Mason University Arlington, Va.  $40,737 1.18 
    46 University of Florida (Levin)  Gainesville, Fla. $41,695 1.18 
    47 Ohio State University (Moritz)  Columbus, Ohio  $42,962 1.18 
    48 University of Georgia Athens, Ga. $36,410 1.16 
    49 Indiana University — Bloomington (Maurer)  Bloomington, Ind.  $48,962  1.14 
    50 University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa $49,025 1.14


    For this survey, we asked hundreds of legal professionals to select the 10 law schools that would be best for a legal career. We calculated the Business Insider rating score based on survey data. Tuition was used as a tiebreaker, with cheaper tuition pushing a school to a higher spot.

    DON'T MISS: These Are The 50 Best Law Schools In America

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    Harvard University Law SchoolEven though the outlook on the legal job market still isn't too bright, picking the right law school will exponentially increase the likelihood of success after graduation.

    With the help of SurveyMonkey
    Audience we asked more than 400 American legal professionals — 70% of whom are attorneys — to select the 10 law schools that would best serve a legal career, and Harvard Law School was the resounding answer.

    This is the second year in a row that Harvard took the number one spot on our list of Best Law Schools, with Yale coming in right behind it.

    Click here to go to a one-page version of our "best law school" list >

    #50 University of Iowa

    The University of Iowa scored a 1.14 out of 5 on Business Insider's rating.

    Tuition and fees: $49,025

    Situated in the beautiful college town of Iowa City, the University of Iowa College of Law is known for being the first public university to grant law degrees to women and African Americans. U.S. Federal Judge Ed McManus called himself a Hawkeye.

    For this survey, we asked hundreds of legal professionals to select the 10 law schools that would be best for a legal career. We calculated the Business Insider rating score based on survey data from SurveyMonkey. Tuition was used as a tiebreaker, with cheaper tuition pushing a school to a higher spot.



    #49 Indiana University – Bloomington (Maurer)

    Maurer School of Law scored a 1.14 out of 5 on Business Insider's rating.

    Tuition and fees: $48,962

    The first-year curriculum uses legal ethics as the spine of its course work, immersing students in a variety of practice settings. Notable alumni include U.S. District Court Judge Rodolfo Lozano and former Governor of Indiana Frank O'Bannon.

    For this survey, we asked hundreds of legal professionals to select the 10 law schools that would be best for a legal career. We calculated the Business Insider rating score based on survey data from SurveyMonkey. Tuition was used as a tiebreaker, with cheaper tuition pushing a school to a higher spot.



    #48 University of Georgia

    The University of Georgia scored a 1.16 out of 5 on Business Insider's rating.

    Tuition and fees: $36,410

    Ranked #33 by U.S. News & World Report, this public law school in Athens, Ga., makes global opportunities a focus, particularly its study- and work-abroad programs.

    Yemeni Prime Minister Abdul Karim al-Iryani and "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member Phaedra Parks attended.

    For this survey, we asked hundreds of legal professionals to select the 10 law schools that would be best for a legal career. We calculated the Business Insider rating score based on survey data from SurveyMonkey. Tuition was used as a tiebreaker, with cheaper tuition pushing a school to a higher spot.



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    Columbia University Statue

    Law school costs a lot of money. Period.

    U.S. News & World Report's law school ranking reveals how much tuition you'll have to pay. But when you're considering cost, you have to consider more than just tuition which costs $40,500 per year on average for private schools.

    From the cost of health insurance to books and other supplies, many factors increase your expenses. Hidden fees, like transportation, business attire, and networking costs also tack on the bucks.

    Law schools in cities with high costs of living can also add on to graduates' debt loads. It's no coincidence that four of the most expensive schools on our list are in New York City.

    We looked at the schools' total cost estimates for one year of law school,most of which assume students will live a very modest lifestyle. We also added some extra costs the schools didn't include, such as the cost of computers. Due to the varied nature of loans and interest, we excluded those numbers.

    #10 Yeshiva University Cardozo Law School

    Tuition: $51,208

    Living, Transportation, & Personal Expenses: $22,008

    Health Insurance: $1,840

    Books & Supplies: $1,250

    Computer: $850*

    Miscellaneous Fees (including administrative and activity fees): $570

    Total: $77,726

    Location: New York City (Manhattan)

    Best Law Schools Rank: #36

    *average of the average prices of a Mac and PC



    #9 Cornell University Law School

    Tuition: $57,270

    Living, Transportation, & Personal Expenses: $16,250

    Health Insurance: $2,200

    Books & Supplies: $1,100

    Computer: $850*

    Miscellaneous Fees (including administrative and activity fees): $81

    Total: $77,751

    Location: Ithaca, N.Y.

    Best Law Schools Rank: #7



    #8 University of California-Davis School Of Law

    Tuition: $59,530

    Living, Transportation, & Personal Expenses: $16,450

    Health Insurance: Included in tuition

    Books & Supplies: $1,014

    Computer: $850*

    Miscellaneous Fees (including administrative and activity fees): Included in tuition

    Total: $77,844

    Location: Davis, Calif.

    Best Law Schools Rank: #25



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    Katie Johnson and Barack ObamaWhat makes Harvard the best law school in America? 

    It's more than just its accomplished faculty, challenging curriculum, and post-grad opportunities—it's also the unbelievably impressive students who walk the Crimson school's halls.

    Though all Harvard Law Students are notable, we've found 18 of the most impressive students there this semester.

    They've spearheaded major national political campaigns, written books, and founded groundbreaking startups, nonprofit organizations and small businesses.  

    Max Rosenberg and Rebecca Baird-Remba contributed to this piece.

    Angela Antony founded her own environmental tech start-up before law school.

    Year: 2L

    Hometown: Cary, N.C.

    Undergrad: Harvard

    When Angela Antony was a senior at Harvard College, she co-founded Beanstockd Media, an environmental media and software company that encouraged green living through an interactive game.

    Players could compete against each other in a virtual stock market, where each player received personal stock based on their environmental footprint. Because of Beanstockd, Antony won the MTV Young Creators’ Award and the Knight Foundation News Challenge and was featured in U.S. News and World Report, Businessweek, Young Money Magazine, and PBS.

    After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in psychology, she went on to finish her MBA at Harvard in 2012.

    At Harvard Law, she is the school’s delegate for the university-wide Graduate Council and a senior editor at the Business Law Review.

    She’s a classically trained soprano, was on the Harvard JV soccer and sailing teams, and speaks four languages (French, Spanish, Malayalam, and English).



    Lily Axelrod is a community organizer who strives to make life easier for new immigrants.

    Year: 2L

    Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Undergrad: Brown University

    Lily Axelrod's grandmother fled the pogroms in Poland at age seven and arrived in a Chicago public school, Yiddish-speaking and near-sighted, but without glasses.

    Axelrod's family's immigrant struggles inspired her to become a community organizer at an immigrants' rights non-profit organization in Mississippi before starting at HLS. She helped immigrant families navigate social services, the immigration detention system, and voter registration. She also worked as a paralegal at an immigration law firm in Memphis, Tenn., where she translated for Spanish-speaking clients and prepared visa applications.

    While studying abroad in Mexico, she served as a human rights observer and lived with Zapatista families who were threatened with forced displacement from their homes.

    At Harvard, she participates in the Harvard Immigration Project's Community Training Team. She volunteers at a Boston legal clinic, helping young people whose parents brought them to the country illegally gain work permits and driver's licenses.

    She also edits the Harvard Latino Review and serves on the board of Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice. 

    After graduating, she hopes to continue working with immigrants in the U.S. and to remain involved with community organizing and policy advocacy.



    Lara Berlin is working to end human rights abuses around the world.

    Year: Fourth year of a four-year joint degree program with HLS and the Fletcher School at Tufts University (pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy).

    Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

    Undergrad: Yale University

    While studying development and human health in Kenya, Lara Berlin discovered her passion for human rights.

    During her junior year at Yale, she traveled to Kenya through a study abroad program called the School for International Training. She enjoyed it so much that she went to Sierra Leone after graduation and studied conflict resolution and the barriers facing female candidates in local elections with the Search for Common Ground.

    Last spring, she worked on a project for the U.S. Agency for International Development, writing primers on conflict resolution. She also spent last summer researching the impact of covert drone operations on civilians at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Civilians in Conflict.

    As a student attorney, Berlin has mediated small claims cases in the Harvard Mediation Program and learned the basics of conflict negotiation with the Harvard Negotiators. And she has continued her human rights work through the Harvard International Human Rights Clinic, where she worked on a project to address the challenges facing Syrian refugees. 



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    We asked more than 400 American legal professionals — 70% of whom are attorneys — to select the 10 law schools that would best serve a legal career, and Harvard Law School was the resounding answer.

    See our full list of the Best Law Schools In America >

    See all of our features on the Best Law Schools >

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    SA 100_05Yahoo's $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr really put New York tech on the map this year.

    But over the past few years, New York City has become a tech hotspot. 

    Scroll through this year's Silicon Alley 100 >>

    In fact, tech is the city's second-largest job sector

    New York has become home to some of the tech industry's most promising companies, including Etsy, Rap Genius, MakerBot, Kickstarter, Tumblr, and Infor.

    All in all, it's been a great year for New York Tech. So we created the Silicon Alley 100 to celebrate people who did the coolest things in 2013 .

    But what does it mean to have done something cool?

    We prioritized entrepreneurs over investors, simply because it's a lot harder to start a company than to fund one. We particularly prioritized startups with amazing exits and people who had big, game-changing roles at tech companies.

    Next, we valued companies that really blew up over the last year (the Upworthys and the Vines), followed by entrepreneurs who launched cool, new companies. Then we dove deeper into the tech ecosystem and recognized the money behind the startups — the angel and early-stage investors.

    Thanks to all of the people who make New York an amazing place to launch a startup.

    Scroll through this year's Silicon Alley 100 >>

    Disclosure

    A number of Business Insider's investors appear on this list: RRE, Ken Lerer, Dwight Merriman.

    Many companies on the list share investors with Business Insider 

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    100. Lauren Kay

    Founder, The Dating Ring

    Lauren Kay recently set out to help New Yorkers find love through group dates. What sets The Dating Ring apart from the rest is its free, full-service matchmaking service and emphasis on group dates.

    The young startup is still in beta, but is actively adding new members every week.



    99. Zephrin Lasker, Geoff Grauer, and Roshan Bangera

    Co-founders, Pontiflex

    Pontiflex is a thriving online advertising startup that powers a new type of mobile ad platform called Sign-up Ads, which allows people to opt-in to hear more about the brands they like.

    Earlier this year, the company raised $7.7 million for its mobile sign-up ads. Pontiflex has raised $19.5 million to date and has been profitable since 2011.



    98. Brian Schechter and Aaron Schildkrout

    Co-founders, HowAboutWe

    HowAboutWe, a dating website that markets itself as "the modern love company" and connects users by allowing them to post and browse date ideas, raised $4.2 million this year, bringing its total raised to $22 million. The site also extended its subscription-based couples product, which charges users $18 per month for discounts and free dates, to two new cities (it's now in New York, Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco). 

    About 1.6 million people use HowAboutWe Dating, and half a million subscribe to the couples' option. 



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    amanda peyton grand st ceo

    The New York tech scene is growing rapidly and a few women really stood out this year.

    They founded cool companies, nabbed high-power positions, created groups to support each other, and invested in companies like Tumblr and Pinterest.

    Lauren Kay, The Dating Ring

    Founder, The Dating Ring

    Lauren Kay recently set out to help New Yorkers find love through group dates. What sets The Dating Ring apart from the rest is its free, full-service matchmaking service and emphasis on group dates.

    The young startup is still in beta, but is actively adding new members every week.



    Heather Marie, 72Lux

    CEO, 72Lux

    This year, Heather Marie introduced a new platform for merchants so that e-commerce sites can market their products on the websites of publishers. 

    72Lux's publisher network has a reach of over 75 million monthly unique visitors, and serves millions of product views each month. 

    Back in July, Marie was named one of this year's Women in Digital by L'Oreal USA



    Annalise Domenighini, Digg/Poncho

    Creative Editor, Poncho

    Poncho, a new startup out of Betaworks, offers amusing daily weather updates by SMS or email. It learns your daily routine, like when you wake up, if you have pets, when you typically go to work, etc.

    The idea is for Poncho to become part of users' daily routines; almost 10,000 people have subscribed so far. 



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    brit morinFrom Silicon Valley to Silicon Alley, we combed the Internet to find the sexiest startup CEOs, and found no shortage of hot talent.

    Sexiness, we will remind you, is a subjective measure — and it's not just about looks. It's also about success, power, ambition, charisma, altruism, fashion sense, and style.

    For this ranking we defined a startup as a company with fewer than 100 employees that has taken VC or Angel funding but hasn't gone public.

    DON'T MISS: The Sexiest CEOs Alive!

    #36 Evan Williams

    Company: Medium

    Age: 41

    Evan ("Ev") Williams has quite the track record. He sold his first company, Blogger, to Google for millions in 2003, and is about to cash in on Twitter's IPO. The co-founder and former CEO's 15% stake in the company could translate into $1.5 billion.

    His latest endeavor, Medium, is a fiction and nonfiction publishing platform that promises to reinvent the way we read. Articles are labeled by how long they take to read—and you won't find any under 140 characters.

    Born and raised on a farm in central Nebraska, Williams enjoys long walks in the city, tofu, and burgundy.



    #35 Amanda Hesser

    Company: Food52

    Age: ~42

    Amanda Hesser cooked up Food52, a culinary website that recently launched an e-commerce section, out of a need for community in the foodie universe. She has been named one of the 50 most influential women in food by Gourmet, and had a cameo as herself in the movie "Julie & Julia."

    Hesser was a New York Times food columnist and editor for more than a decade, and wrote the award-winning books "The Essential New York Times Cookbook,""Cooking for Mr. Latte," and "The Cook and the Gardner."



    #34 Patrick Collison

    Company: Stripe

    Age: 25

    This Irish transplant has taken Silicon Valley by storm with the payments company Stripe, which he co-founded with his brother. Stripe processes millions of dollars every day for companies including Foursquare and Reddit, and has raised $40 million in funding after attracting the interests of Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, and Sequoia Capital.

    Patrick Collison took a computer course in the University of Limerick at age 8, and dropped out of MIT.



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    Birchbox Founders Hayley and Katia

    We're constantly amazed by revolutionary new companies, products, and ideas especially when they're launched by young people.

    We found the most inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs under the age of 40.

    Whether they're in finance, tech, sports, entertainment, media, science, food, or retail, these people are introducing amazing new products and ideas and shaking up their industries forever.

    Sahm Adrangi

    Role: Founder of Kerrisdale Capital

    Age: 32

    The hedge fund up-and-comer made "a couple million" in 2011 by shorting U.S.-listed Chinese companies, and now his fund has $250 million in assets under management — not a huge amount, but very impressive in the finance world for someone Adrangi's age.

    People liken him to his idol, Dan Loeb, who also started off in hedge funds at a young age. But what distinguishes Adrangi — the world's first social media-savvy investor — from his peers according to New York Magazine, is his Twitter presence: His firm Kerrisdale Capital often tweets its positions, a move which was largely unheard of before, but is now being echoed by more prominent hedge fund managers like Carl Icahn.



    Sophia Amoruso

    Role: Founder of Nasty Gal

    Age: 29

    The hip, tattooed 29-year-old started Nasty Gal as an eBay store specializing in cool vintage women's clothing in 2006. Since then, the website has grown tremendously with more than $100 million in sales and more than 550,000 customers around the world. Last year the company was named the fastest-growing retailer by Inc. magazine, which also named Amoruso to their 30 Under 30 list this year.

    Probably the most amazing thing of it all is that Sophia Amoruso had never worked in fashion before Nasty Gal — she was just a well-dressed young woman (and a college dropout) with a good eye for fashion.



    Dominique Ansel

    Role: Pastry chef, owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery

    Age: 35

    Dominique Ansel's cronut — a doughnut-croissant hybrid rolled in sugar, filled with cream, and topped with glaze — took the food world by storm this summer like no other food trend has before. Customers line up between 5 and 6 a.m. (hours before the bakery opens) to snag one, shelling out $5 a pop. 

    Classically trained in Paris, Ansel took two months and tried more than 10 recipes to perfect the sweet pastry. Since the cronut craze, Ansel has also introduced a number of other daring new foods into the market including the frozen s'more and the magic soufflé — a chocolate Grand Marnier soufflé wrapped in an orange blossom brioche that, unlike other soufflés, never collapses.

    Major brands have also realized Ansel's potential and are partnering with him to get their own around-the-block lines, like Shake Shack's recent partnership with him to create the limited-time-only Cronut Concrete.

    Ansel's next creation will be his upcoming cookbook, "Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes," which comes out this month.



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    Amy Vale of Spotify

    It's starting to get cold outside, so we at Business Insider Advertising figured we'd give you something hot to warm you up.

    It's our annual list of the Sexiest Advertising Executives Alive. Like last year, we made our judgments based on looks, age, power, and reputation.

    We gave older executives leeway for keeping their charms as they've aged, and high-level executives extra hotness points for their lofty positions on the corporate ladder.

    This isn't to say we excluded the young and the beautiful (indeed, we think you'll find plenty of young and beautiful people on the list), we just wanted an appropriate mix of youthful vigor and the gracefully aged.

    50. Lotta Malm-Hallqvist, global chief growth officer at McCann

    Malm-Hallqvist worked at McCann from 1998-2009 before rejoining in 2011.



    49. Hart Rusen, Group Creative Director at Publicis Seattle

    Rusen is responsible for T-Mobile's brand re-launch in 2012, as well as those weird Cheetos ads with the puppet cheetah. And we think any man with the confidence to dress up as Arrested Development's Tobias Funke is sexy.



    48. Liz Paradise, global creative director at McKinney

    Paradise has won many accolades throughout her career, and was featured on AMC's advertising reality show "The Pitch."



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    Fojol Bros. DC food truck

    This year we found the coolest small businesses in New York, AustinNew Orleans, Detroit, Seattle, and D.C., but small businesses in many other American cities are continuing to innovate like never before.

    These up-and-comers—like a floating island restaurant, a vegan strip club, and a pirate supply shop— are shaking up the food and retail industries.

    Here's our year-end roundup of the 50 hottest small businesses around the U.S.

    Bearded Bastard

    Online, based in Austin, Tex.

    What it is: A new brand of mustache wax.

    What makes it cool: The man known as Jeremiah Newton, who also sports an impressive face full of hair, started Bearded Bastard to help soften the burliest of beards and tame the unruliest of mustaches.

    Products include the Woodsman mustache wax, Woodsman beard oil, and a natural shave oil, but the new Austin-based company is developing many new man-inspired oils and tonics, which will be available soon.



    Big Gay Ice Cream

    125 E. 7th Street and 61 Grove Street, New York, N.Y.

    What it is: A gay ice cream parlor.

    What makes it cool: Big Gay Ice Cream started in 2009 as the Big Gay Ice Cream truck—a concept that became so popular that the founders put down permanent roots in both the East and West Village.

    BGIC, which is known for its soft-serve and shakes, whips up cool flavor combos with ingredients like crushed Nilla wafers, pumpkin butter, and key lime curd, but even cooler are the names they give their concoctions. Nothing's more fun than ordering a "Mexican Affo'gay'to" with extra whip.



    Blacksmith

    1018 Westheimer Road, Houston, Tex.

    What it is: A renegade coffeehouse.

    What makes it cool: Blacksmith is a coffeehouse with a rock star attitude. It pays homage to Queen, and has a photo of lead singer Freddie Mercury on the wall. Any time a Queen song plays in the shop, the first customer in line gets their drink for free. As they say, “When Queen plays, Freddie pays!”



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    Most Impressive People of the Year

    Before queuing up "Auld Lang Syne," let's reflect on 2013.

    The Year of the Selfie brought us a government shutdown, a new pope, intelligence leaks of unparalleled proportions, and the Hyperloop. Physics' greatest mystery — the theory of how particles acquire mass— was resolved. Some "leaned in," others twerked.

    We collectively named "Satoshi Nakamoto," the anonymous inventor of Bitcoin, Business Insider's Person of the Year.

    From politics to sports, entertainment, finance, and more, people have done extraordinary things this year. These are the people who impressed us the most (listed in alphabetical order).

    "Satoshi Nakamoto," Bitcoin inventor

    Most Impressive Person of the Year

    Satoshi Nakamoto is the pseudonym used by the anonymous inventor of Bitcoin, the electronic currency that seemingly came out of nowhere and has been taking over financial market headlines since.

    Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that doesn't actually exist in the physical world, only as cryptic code in computers. Unlike the U.S. dollar, it's controlled privately, keeps no record of the identity of its owner, and can be transacted without the government's knowledge.

    There have since been numerous attempts — comprehensively tracked by Hilary Sargent, AKA Chart Girl— to determine Nakamoto's identity, but nothing conclusive has yet emerged.

    Click to get to know Satoshi Nakamoto, our Most Impressive Person of the Year »



    Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pioneered a three-tier approach — nicknamed "Abenomics"— to get the Japanese economy humming again. The plan buoyed the Japanese stock market up more than 51% year to date.

    Abe was elected in 2012 on the promise that he would pursue extremely aggressive stimulative policies, which included weakening the yen. The currency's plunge effectively makes the country's exports cheaper and stoked some moderate inflation.

    It seems to be working. The Japanese stock market is at its highest level in almost six years and data shows the country is breaking out of its deflationary slump.

    Click to see how Shinzo Abe radically transformed Japan's monetary policy »



    Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve

    Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke steered the U.S. out of the worst financial crisis and ensuing recession in the last 80 years.

    The methods that Bernanke used to keep the economy going were untested — a highly accommodative monetary policy and near-zero interest-rate policy that's expected to outlast the man himself. His tenure as head of the U.S. central bank ends in January.

    Bernanke made transparency and independence hallmarks of his leadership. He shocked market participants earlier this year with the decision not to taper despite pressure from more conservative economic thinkers.

    Click for the 16 times when Ben Bernanke was a total badass »



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    Jenna Lyons

    The fashion industry is filled with designers, celebrities, journalists, stylists, and executives vying for influence. 

    We've selected the best of the best and created a list of who determines what's cool in America. 

    Some of the people who made the list are controversial public figures who move fashion trends based on what they wear. Others are executives who run multi-billion dollar companies. 

    Everyone on the list is a magnate in their own right. 

    Angela Ahrendts

    Job title: CEO, Burberry 

    Influence: Ahrendts solidified Burberry's position as one of the most aspirational brands in the world. Since becoming CEO, she's signed top spokesmodels like Emma Watson. In October, Apple poached Ahrendts to run its retail and online stores, a job she'll officially start next spring. There are even rumors that she could become the tech giant's next CEO.



    Tom Brady

    Job title: Quarterback, New England Patriots

    Influence: Brady, known for his preppy-casual style, is one of the few fashion icons whom most men can relate to. He's landed fashion campaigns with Movado watches and Ugg shoes



    Thom Browne

    Job title: Fashion designer

    Influence: Browne's menswear collection is groundbreaking because it is based around the newfound acceptance of business casual in workplaces. He also designed First Lady Michelle Obama's inaugural jacket. 



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    Silicon Valley 100

    After months of research, debate, and more research, Business Insider is proud to present our annual Silicon Valley 100, the authoritative ranking of the people who matter most in Silicon Valley. The list covers people who backed promising companies and saw big exits; were star executives; created new, interesting things; changed entire industries; and made industry-defining acquisitions or took their companies public.

    In sum, these people aren't riding on old reputations. All of them did something of note since our last installment in February 2013, and they won big. And if you feel that we missed someone, tell us — we're not all-knowing, and we love telling stories about amazing people.

    In A-Z Order »

    The Complete List 1-100 »

    Acknowledgments

    Thanks to our many readers who took the time to send us nominations. The Silicon Valley 100 was assembled by Megan Rose Dickey, Jillian D'Onfro, Alyson ShontellJim Edwards, and Steve Kovach. Copy editing by Elizabeth Wilke and Jill Klausen.

    100. Mike Judge, Alec Berg

    Executive Producers, HBO's "Silicon Valley"

    We got word earlier this year that producers Mike Judge and Alec Berg will be launching an Entourage-esque comedy show called "Silicon Valley" on HBO that will poke fun at SV and help pop its arrogance bubble.

    The show follows a group of close-knit friends working at a company trying to develop a new search algorithm, and will include cameos from real-life Silicon Valley figures. It airs April 6 on HBO.



    99. Aarthi Ramamurthy

    Founder, Lumoid

    Aarthi Ramamurthy is one of the most notable female entrepreneurs out there today. She spent six years at Microsoft working on its popular Visual Studio software development tool and on Xbox Live. 

    Before founding Y Combinator-backed Lumoid, a startup for letting people test-drive electronics before buying them, she co-founded a bra-fitting company called True&Co.



    98. Naveen Jain, Dr. Reid Rubsamen

    Co-founders, Immunity Project 

    A team of scientists and entrepreneurs are trying to cure HIV/AIDS. Immunity Project, which is in the current Y Combinator class, has already developed a prototype and completed preliminary lab testing. 

    The Immunity Project is currently trying to raise $482,000 to fund its final experiment before beginning its Phase I clinical study. So far, more than 1,000 people have pledged over $200,000 to the project.



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    It was an exciting year for tech in Silicon Valley, so we've decided to highlight a few women who we think have had particularly awesome achievements.

    They've created interesting startups, snagged new positions at great companies, and have had major milestones at their own.

    Aarthi Ramamurthy

    Founder, Lumoid

    Aarthi Ramamurthy is one of the most notable female entrepreneurs out there today. She spent six years at Microsoft working on its popular Visual Studio software development tool and on Xbox Live. 

    Before founding Y Combinator-backed Lumoid, a startup for letting people test-drive electronics before buying them, she co-founded a bra-fitting company called True&Co.



    Grace Garey

    Co-founder and marketing, Watsi

    This year, Watsi became the first charitable company to raise over $1 million in funding from traditional angel investors in Silicon Valley.

    It is also the first Y-Combinator company to nab investor Paul Graham for its board of directors. Watsi allows anyone to give as little as $5 to fund someone's medical care, and 100% of the money is donated. The mission of this startup is so beautiful, you just have to root for its success.

    Before joining Watsi, Garey did refugee research in Ghana, worked at a hospital in India, and did humanitarian advocacy in D.C. 



    Erin Teague

    Director of product management, Yahoo

    Erin Teague worked as the growth product manager for the mobile-only social network Path for two years and is responsible for the company's astounding user growth in 2013. In the spring, the app was growing by 1 million new users per week. It hit the 10-million-user mark in April. She worked on the product team at Twitter for two years before joining the Path team. 

    Last fall, she joined Yahoo as a director of product management.



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    Erin Teague

    Silicon Valley is home to rockstars like Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

    But over the last year, many new faces made a name for themselves in Silicon Valley.

    Some of these unfamiliar faces are trying to tackle HIV, whereas others are tasked with leading major divisions at Apple.

     

    Angela Ahrendts, Denise Young Smith

    Head of Retail; Head of Human Resources, Apple

    In October 2013, Apple announced the hiring of former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts as the company's new head of retail.

    Then, in February 2014, Apple appointed Denise Young Smith to lead its worldwide human resources division. The pair are in charge of the future of two of Apple's most important assets: its chain of stores and its talent.

    (It's also great to see Apple shaking up its previously male-dominated top ranks.)



    Mike Del Ponte

    Founder, Soma 

    Mike Del Ponte is the genius behind Soma, a sort of Warby Parker of water filters. In July 2013, it closed a $3.7 million round of seed funding led by Baseline Ventures and Forerunner Ventures.

    Soma is targeting people who are tired of ugly Brita water filters and are passionate about sustainability. For every biodegradable water filter it sells, Soma donates money to charity.



    Taro Fukuyama, Ilya Tokhner

    CEO; director of business development, AnyPerk

    After being told he had the worst startup in his Y Combinator batch, Taro Fukuyama had to figure out how to turn the company around. Six pivots later, he landed on AnyPerk. AnyPerk helps put startups on par with Google and Facebook when it comes to perks, offering discounts on things like movie tickets, lift tickets, cell phone plans, Lyft car-sharing rides, and car rentals. 

    Today, AnyPerk has 28 employees. Last March, the startup raised a $1.4 million seed round from Digital Garage, Ben Lewis, Michael Liou, CyberAgent and Shogo Kawada.



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    lebron james

    Athletic dominance isn't just about winning and losing.

    It's about magnitude: how badly you beat someone, how many points you score, and how much better you are than the average opponent.

    We, as fans, are drawn to dominance. That's why LeBron James lives under such a tight microscope, and why everyone still roots for Tiger Woods when he'll be in contention on Sunday.

    We sat down to debate and rank the most dominant athletes on the field right now.

    These athletes may not be the "best" player by the traditional definition, but they embody the type of sheer athletic talent and eye-popping statistics that make up dominance.

    This list was compiled and ranked by Business Insider Sports' Cork Gaines, Leah Goldman, Tony Manfred, and Tony Olivero.

    #50 Victoria Azarenka

    Tennis

    In women's tennis there is Serena Williams — and then there is everyone else. Of the rest, Azarenka may just be the best.

    Azarenka is a former world No. 1 who won the 2013 Australian Open and finished second at the 2013 U.S. Open. Not too shabby for a 24-year-old.



    #49 Richard Sherman

    Cornerback, Seattle Seahawks

    There may not be another athlete on the planet who oozes more of a dominant aura, bravado, and cockiness than Sherman. All you need is 25 seconds to understand the kind of athletic psyche and confidence Sherman has.

    But the brash defensive back backed it up by bringing the Seahawks a Super Bowl championship thanks to his individual man-hawking play.  



    #48 Alexander Ovechkin

    Winger, Washington Capitals

    When it comes to scoring goals in the National Hockey League, no one comes close to Ovechkin.

    This season, the Russian star has scored an unreal 10 more goals than any other player in the NHL (46).Ovechkin also led the league in goals in 2013.



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